Original Shrine Category

Dr. Peter Wolf to a prayer from “Heavenwards” • On March 25, 1945, the Americans entered and occupied Vallendar, 75 years ago. On March 7, 1945, US troops in Remagen had succeeded in breaking through the Rhine. The Allies rolled up the Rhineland with massive tank units and the support of their air force. Day by day they were coming closer to Vallendar and thus to Schoenstatt. In the Dachau concentration camp, where Father Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, was imprisoned as a Nazi prisoner, there wasRead More
Original Shrine, Editorial Department • The fear of the corona virus spreading has far-reaching consequences – now also in the Original Shrine. Not only have several groups and individual pilgrims cancelled their pilgrimages, but now the Holy Mass and the evening blessing will also be cancelled for two weeks – also on Covenant Day and on the feast of St. Joseph. — We publish here the announcement of the Rector of the Original Shrine; translations are made and will follow especially for the pilgrims who have planned a visit –Read More
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ORIGINAL SHRINE, María Fischer • I simply turned off towards Frankfurt on the motorway instead of Cologne one day on the way from work. It is February 18th, Covenant Day, and my cell phone has loaded so many people and intentions that it urgently needs to go to the Original Shrine. This spontaneous pilgrimage to the Original Shrine brings two surprises: The blessing with the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m. at the end of the Adoration and a new, large jug with the inscription “Capital of Grace” in many languages.—Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • First of all: It wasn’t us! When Father Pablo Pol’s message was spread about the letters sent to the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine that broke the jar, many said to themselves, “But the last time we delivered letters via Schoenstatt.org the jar was still in perfect condition! This Christmas, just in case, we put the more than 750 letters in a paper bag, which was placed next to the old jar, which for the moment replaces the one that was broken. —  Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Father Pablo Pol, Rector of the Original Shrine  • A few weeks ago, something very special happened. The jar that contains the letters, petitions, offerings, in short, the entire Capital of Grace of the Original Shrine, was broken. As you can see in the photos, the letters that arrived with petitions to the Blessed Mother from all over the world were placed with great enthusiasm and the jar could not withstand it…it simply broke. —  From the outside, one might think that it is simply a mistake andRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto M. González • All of us who have had the grace, as some like to say, to visit Schoenstatt – Original Schoenstatt – with its forests, houses and shrines, have fallen in love with the place, its peace and its beauty. Independent of the season during which we visit Schoenstatt, we feel at home, both for its family-like hospitality and the place itself. It is a dream and a blessing to be in this “Land so warm and dear”. –   For many it is an incalculablyRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Zachary E. Larson • With 15 young men from six countries, the International Schoenstatt Leaders’ school offered a new generation of leaders the chance to deepen their formation. For 33 days, members of the Schoenstatt International Male Youth stayed at the Original Shrine, the fount of graces. They followed the footsteps of Father Kentenich, meeting the communities he established and studying the milestones of his life. Above all, these Schoenstatt leaders, no matter from which country, focused their energy on fostering a joyful, purposeful international community. In theRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “The Shrine is a mission, always” – the phrase from Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers, in the introduction, hangs in the air during a simple, multilingual celebration on the afternoon of 15 August for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, with a small crowd from many countries and languages, under the gentle drizzle of the German summer. The shrine is a mission, always – and especially when it comes to the Original Shrine, whose new rector, Fr.Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “In the life of the Church the laity has the front seats. Their witness to the truth of the Gospel is essential. It shows us how faith and solidarity are lived in practice. I am grateful for all the laity who courageously risk their lives, who are not afraid, and who give hope to the poorest people, the excluded who stand at the margins.” A courageous statement during a family-like and international celebration of the Schoenstatt Institute of Brothers of Mary at the contract-consecration ofRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Zachary Larson • On July 10th, the yearly Schoenstatt International Leaders’ School began. The “Escuela de Jefes” forms young men as leaders and “protagonists” for the Church and society. Living near the Original Shrine for five weeks, these leaders from seven nations form a community in the shadow of the Shrine. This year, they are staying and working in the Covenant House (Bundesheim), where Father Kentenich himself prepared leaders for the Schoenstatt Movement.— Following in Fr. Kentenich’s footsteps During the thirty-three intense days of the Leaders’ School, theRead More